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Art psychotherapist & online psychotherapist PG Cert, MA, BA

About me

I am a highly trained and experienced art psychotherapist, online psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.  I offer face-to-face sessions from my office in Derby, Mickleover, but also online work from wherever you live, work or travel to. 

Therapy can help you explore and reflect on your life, relationships (with self and with others), your mindset, beliefs and environment. You can then become more aware of patterns and relationships  between various parts of your life.  With this awareness you can then  experiment and try out new ways being in the world; more at peace and in line with who you truly are or with whom you want to become. 

I offer a safe space as well as compassionate and knowledgeable support while you reflect and explore your own world, experiences and emotions.  I'll make sure you stay safe at the same time as you take risks in growing into who you want to become.  

Either in person or online, you can choose to engage in verbal only or art psychotherapy; or indeed a combination of both. The use of art in art therapy is to facilitate expression and exploration. At times, words may not be able to describe our experiences, thoughts or feelings. In fact, words can at times become useless, distractive or or get in the way of us truly feeling and seeing things for what they are. Through the use of art and art-making you may be able to express yourself in a clearer way at the same time as find the creative process not only therapeutic, but also insightful.

If you are interested in working with me, I offer a free Introductory Meeting to talk through your needs in more detail before committing to the therapy work.

For more information visit my website on  

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2021- Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy-  Level 7 (Academy for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • 2015- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision- Level 7 (University of Derby)
  • 2009- MA in Art Therapy (University of Derby)
  • 2005- BA in Creative Expressive Therapies (University of Derby)

I am a Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered art psychotherapist; a Senior Professional Member with Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) registered Online Psychotherapist; a full member of British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and registered with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). I abide by all their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice guidance and standards.

I am particularly interested in working with:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Poor mental health and diagnosis often associated with trauma, abuse and neglect (such as PTSD and Dissociative Disorders)
  • Neurodiversity, Autism and ADHD
  • The impact of early life trauma, neglect and abuse
  • Professional development and self-care.

To ensure safe practice:

  • I have an up-to-date DBS check 
  • I hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • I attend regular and high-quality clinical supervision
  • I invest on my professional development and personal self-care
  • I attend regular and up-to-date continuum professional development (CPD) training
  • I keep up-to-date with relevant policies for working with vulnerable adults 

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Art Therapy Derby offers a tailored service to meet your needs. I am happy to meet you for an Introductory Meeting to see how I can support you before committing to the work.
Art Therapy Derby offers both face-to-face and online:

  • Online psychotherapy
  • Art psychotherapy
  • Clinical supervision
  • Professional consultation

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Free initial in-person or telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Please check my website for more details on the Fees page:

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 to 18.30 and some Saturdays from 10.00 to 17.00

Further information

Link to my blog page:

How to support your child or adolescent attending therapy

Adult colouring books vs art therapy books, an interesting debate


Arts on prescription- BBC Radio Derby Interview

Art Therapy Derby, 16A Uttoxeter Road, Foxglove Yard, Derby, Derbyshire, DE3 0DA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I offer both face-to-face and online clinical supervision to other art psychotherapist and counsellors, both in practice or in training.

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